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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Nov 14, 2013 3:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Doucumenting the Dead...because we need more.

forgotten Cowboys?

Dawg • Tony • Jer

Speaking of new Cowboy tidbits, there is a new inventory of vintage bluegrass tapes being torrented at etree by cheeseincident. I would like to thank him immensely for sharing his collection. This means we now have "the shit on Tony's playing and singing" from forty years ago, regarding Tony Rice's recent induction to the IBMA.


excellent vintage bluegrass tape collection
tapes seeded by cheeseincident ~ Sept - Nov, 2013

re: What Mando said about Tony Rice speaking, and then my knee-jerk comments about Tony Rice's induction into IBMA's hall of fame...

"When Tony Rice, Jerry Douglas, and Ricky Skaggs played together in J.D. Crowe's band they were all the shit! This would have been in late 1973 or just after that. For sure they played together in Crowe's band in 1974 and/or 1975. I saw this grouping of J.D. Crowe's band at many bluegrass festivals. They kicked ass! Seldom Scene band was their only serious competition back then.

Before playing in Crowe's band, Ricky Skaggs played with the Country Gentlemen band. I saw him play a couple of times with them. I can't remember about Jerry or Tony in this period, around 1972-ish or early 1973. Before this we have Tony Rice and Sam Bush playing together with the Bluegrass Alliance band."

These tapes that cheeseincident shared recently are what I was talking about...

Bluegrass Alliance show, Sept 1971
Guitar - Tony Rice
Mandolin - Sam Bush
Fiddle - Lonnie Peerce
Banjo - Courtney Johnson
Bass - Ebo Walker

Seldom Scene show, June 1972

Newgrass Revival show, Jan 1973
Sam Bush - Mandolin, Fiddle, Vocals
Curtis Burch - Guitar, Dobro, Vocals
Courtney Johnson - Banjo, Vocals
Ebo Walker - Bass, Vocals

J.D. Crowe band show, Jan 1975
J.D. Crowe - Banjo
Tony Rice - Guitar
Ricky Skaggs - Mandolin, Fiddle
Jerry Douglas - Dobro
Bobby Slone - Bass